Course Description

We live at a unique point in history where at least five generations are living and working together. Each generation has been shaped by different formative experiences: for the Silent generation—World War 2 and the Great Depression; for Generation X and onwards—the advent of the internet. Because of this, the ways they view life and faith are different..

While it is wrong to overgeneralise the characteristics of each generation, and indeed each individual is in many ways unique, there are also common trends we see in the different generations. This has resulted in misunderstanding and conflict in our families, our organisations, and in the church as well, between those from different generations. One of the fallouts from this conflict is that young adults (millennials) are leaving our churches. This is a challenge the church has not faced before.

Guided by the Scriptures, we believe that the church of Christ is meant to be a body where her members are united, diverse, and interdependent. Therefore, it is critical that we work at understanding the different generations in churches today; to help the different generations understand themselves and each other, to minimise conflict between the generations, and to help each generation contribute their unique strengths so that the church can be healthy and whole for God’s purposes..

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  • Dates

    Jul: 12, 19, 26
    Aug: 2, 23, 30

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Rev Dr Tan Soo-Inn

Associate Lecturer

Rev Dr Tan Soo-Inn is the Director of Graceworks. He has been journeying with people through his ministry of preaching, teaching, writing, and mentoring, for over 35 years. Originally trained as a dentist, Soo-Inn answered God’s call to go into full-time church-related ministry in 1981. He has a ThM (NT) from Regent College, and a DMin from Fuller Seminary. His passions include connecting the Word of God to the struggles of daily life, and promoting the discipline of spiritual friendship. To date, he has read The Lord of the Rings 9 times and his favourite movie is Star Wars 4.

Mr Ho Wei-Hao

Associate Lecturer

Mr Ho Wei Hao had spent time as a Social Worker in a local Family Service Centre (FSC) and then in different ministries in the Civil Service. During this time, he studied part-time and obtained his MDiv from BGST. Wei Hao has been involved in Youth and Young Adults ministry since he was a tertiary student and one of his current burdens is to help bridge the gap between the different generations in the church through the ongoing Graceworks’ Generations Project.

Course Curriculum

  • 1


  • 2

    Session 1

  • 3

    Session 2

    • Generations in the church

    • ID219 Session 2 Slides (19 July 2022)

    • Recording for session 2 part 1

    • Recording for session 2 part 2

  • 4

    Session 3

    • Considerations for Intergen Ministry

    • ID219 Session 3 Slides (26 July 2022)

    • Recording for session 3 part 1

    • Recording for session 3 part 2

  • 5

    Session 4

    • Potential Areas of Concern & Biblical Reflections

    • ID219 Session 4 Slides (2 August 2022)

    • Recording for session 4 part 1

    • Recording for session 4 part 2

  • 6

    Session 5

    • Potential Areas of Concern & Biblical Reflections

    • ID219 Session 5 Slides (23 August 2022)

    • Recording for session 5 part 1

    • Recording for session 5 part 2

  • 7

    Session 6

    • Mentoring across Generations

    • ID219 Session 6 Slides (30 August 2022)

    • course evaluation form

    • Session 6 part 1

    • Session 6 part 2

  • 8

    Assignment Submission

    • Reflection from Effective Generational Ministry

    • Ministry Project